How to practice Nami-gaeshi

Nami-gaeshi translates into "wave return", a more understandable description is "returning wave". The name of ...

Three levels of bunkai

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Bunkai means "to break down", and thus describes the whole process that lies in breaking ...

Ten Precepts of Karate

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In October 1908, Anko Itosu (1831-1915) wrote a letter, "Ten Precepts of Karate," to draw ...

Pinan or Heian

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What should we call the five basic Kata from Itosu? Pinan or Heian? Itosu Ankō, ...

Evaluating the quality of Kata, part 2

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Kata is a series of movements consisting of offensive and defensive combat techniques, which are ...

Evaluating the quality of Kata, part 1

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By learning Kata, you get the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the ancient ...

Take a breath

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Many people make a big deal out of breathing, however, breathing is one of the ...

Practice Kihon

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Kihon means basic technique; here we practice the basic techniques repeatedly. In addition to the ...

The word Kime

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I have been digging into the use of the word "Kime". Most Karate people know ...

Overextending/Overstretched!

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This article delves into a crucial aspect of martial arts, particularly in Karate – the ...